Home-Start Glasgow North (HSGN) has been awarded funding to develop work addressing isolation for young mums.

As part of an exercise supported by a Red Cross Social Isolation Project and managed by Home-Start UK, HSGN presented a proposal to address isolation at a collaboration event earlier this year, where a number of teams from the Home-Start UK network brought forward their ideas focussed on four core areas:

  • Diversity – connecting with more minority communities
  • Engagement – engaging with young mums on their terms, through the right channels and meeting their individual needs
  • Peer support – establishing sustainable supports and networks
  • Co-design – working with others to ensure appropriate delivery and positive outcomes

The HSGN team will now use the £10,000 award to work with partners to connect with young mums, particularly those identifying as LGBT, those from minority ethnic communities and possibly mums with care experience.

Nikki O’Hara, Manager of HSGN said ‘Loneliness and social isolation are challenges faced by many families we support and we are proud of the positive outcomes from our work. We believe there is still much more work to be done in scoping and exploring ways to increase the support offered to wider groups across local communities. Home-Start Glasgow North will now increase visibility, enabling us to support further families regardless of how they are created or their ‘makeup’ today. We would like to break down barriers and decrease stigma for young mums who experience loneliness and isolation.’

This is the latest piece of work on addressing lonliness and social isolation, following an announcment earlier this year that we would respond to the Scottish Government ‘Connected Scotland’ consultation, which will be published soon.